Licensing system for mobile home sites with permanent residents: guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authority officers in Scotland who are involved with permanent mobile home site licensing.

Chapter 2 - Overview of the new system

2.1. The principal law relating to caravan site licences is set out in the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 (referred to as the 1960 Act in this guidance). The 2014 Act inserts a new Part 1A into the 1960 Act creating a new licensing system for relevant permanent sites.

2.2. The reformed licensing system sets out new processes and measures for:

  • issuing a new site licence;
  • renewing a site licence;
  • transferring a site licence;
  • enforcing the new licensing system;
  • revoking a site licence.

2.3. The 2014 Act does not make any changes to the process for transmission of a site licence. Transmission of a licence takes place when a site licence holder dies, and the site licence is inherited. Please see section 10(4) of the 1960 Act which still applies in the case of a site licence where an estate or interest in land has transferred on the death of the occupier.


Email: Ged Millar

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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